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Default Re: Israeli Diplomat Expelled From Australia For Spying.

Claims Israel uses Australia as spy base
February 18, 2005 - 6:44PM

Israel uses Australia as a base to monitor the activities of potential enemies in the region, according to an American security expert.

The Israeli diplomat expelled from Australia in December, and now linked to Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock's daughter, was likely involved in intelligence gathering towards that end, said Paul Buchanan, who has worked for the US military and defence department.

Canberra-based diplomat Amir Lati's visits to two alleged Israeli spies in custody in New Zealand last year, before his expulsion from Australia, suggested he was a "handler" of the pair, said the New Zealand-based academic.

The most credible suspicion about Lati was that he was engaged in official covert intelligence gathering, Buchanan said, where a diplomat conducts spying operations under the guise of his official role.

He said Israeli diplomats and local supporters involved in such espionage in Australia were part of a campaign to gather intelligence on anti-Israel activity in South-East Asia and the Pacific.

"Australia and New Zealand are the first line of defence against an Islamist movement that operates in the Pacific Rim," said Buchanan, a senior lecturer in political studies at the University of Auckland.

"They spend most of their time looking at Indonesia and Malaysia and now the smaller Pacific island countries."

In his diplomatic capacity, Lati last year visited Israelis Uriel Zoshe Kelman and Eli Cara in an Auckland jail.

Prime Minister Helen Clark accused the pair of spying.

Convicted last year of passport fraud, they were later deported from NZ.

Cara had been based in Australia as a travel agent and crossed the Tasman many times.

On Friday Clark's office said there were diplomatic moves afoot between New Zealand and Israel to resolve the issue, which has damaged relations between the two nations.

Buchanan said Clark had been foolish to confront Israel over the matter as the Jewish state would be less likely to share crucial intelligence with New Zealand.

Australia had taken the right approach to quietly expel Lati without explanation, he said.

"You do not want to jeopardise that relationship over a small diplomatic incident - the New Zealanders have."

Buchanan said Clark had been foolish to confront Israel over the matter as the Jewish state would be less likely to share crucial intelligence with New Zealand.
Seeing as New Zealand has ZERO enemies except Lord Sauron after N.Z protected Frodo Baggins...we must ponder just WHAT intelligence Israel could possibly have that would be of interest to New Zealand?

Lets see...N.Z refuses to join invasion of Iraq. Expels Israeli spy's, speaks out loudly regarding Israeli aggression in the M.E...again, i'm curious. Just WHAT info could Israel possibly have for N.Z? Thats code for "be careful coz if you embarrass us again we will send a team of Mossad over to blow something up"...and blame it on Muslims.
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